Spaghetti Meatball

How to Make Spaghetti Meatball

As a pasta lover, you should experience the authentic taste of Italian cuisine with this recipe for Spaghetti with mini meatballs. Furthermore, this recipe guarantees to satisfy your cravings for an Italian dish. Don’t be fooled by imitations – this is the REAL DEAL, passed down through generations of Italian families.

Moreover, the classic combination of homemade meatballs and spaghetti with a rich tomato sauce is timeless. My Nonna’s simple yet flavorful recipe is sure to impress your friends and family.

Take a step into the world of authentic Italian cuisine and try this recipe today. You won’t regret it!

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Vincenzo’s Top Tip To Make Spaghetti Meatball

This is one recipe you can’t walk away from!

It is really important to stay next to the pan and stir it as much as you can – slowly – so that the stock helps the rice to cook through and none of it stays hard.

Season well

Add salt, pepper, and other seasonings such as dried oregano or basil to the meat mixture. Be sure to taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Don’t overmix the meat

Mix the meat mixture gently until just combined. Overmixing can result in tough meatballs.

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Spaghetti Meatball

Vincenzo's Plate
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • Medium size bowl
  • Medium size plate
  • Small plate
  • fork
  • Small saucepan
  • large pot
  • wooden spoon
  • Pasta strainer


  • 300 g Veal mince
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • Parmesan cheese as much as you like!
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • Half an onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 bottle Passata homemade is best if you’ve got some!
  • A few celery sticks
  • 4-5 Fresh basil leaves
  • EVOO
  • Rock salt


  • To make the meatballs, add the egg yolk to a bowl of mince and whisk it through using a fork, breaking down the mince in the process.
  • Add a generous amount of parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt then continue to mix it well.
  • Give the meatball ingredients a final mix using your hands.
  • Pour some EVOO onto a small plate, then rub some onto the palm of one of your hands.
  • Get a small amount of the mince, then roll it into a ball using the palm of your hand that is wet with oil and place it onto a large, flat plate that has just a touch of oil on it so that the mini meatballs don’t stick to it!
  • Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you finish the mince mixture.
  • Boil water in a small saucepan and then cook the meatballs for 1-2 minutes. They are pre-cooked before you add them to the sauce so that you don’t add them raw and to prevent them from breaking.
  • Using a large spoon with holes at the bottom, strain the mini meatballs and place them onto a small plate to rest.
  • Turn the stove up to a medium heat.
  • Get a large pot and add a generous amount of EVOO. Cut half an onion and a carrot into small pieces and add these to the pan.
  • Once it heats up, add a bottle of sauce (passata) and mix using a wooden spoon.
  • Then add a few celery stalks, some fresh basil leaves and a small amount of rock salt.
  • Mix well and then leave to simmer on a low heat for around an hour, mxing it every now and then.
  • Put a small saucepan on the stove at a low heat. Scoop up a large spoonful of sauce and add it in, then add all of the mini meatballs and mix the sauce through. Leave this to cook for approx. ten minutes.
  • Bring 5L of water to boil in a large pot. Add the freshly made Maccheroni alla Chittara pasta and cook it for around 3-5 minutes. Every so often, mix a wooden fork through the pot so that the strands of pasta don’t stick together.
  • Add a spoonful of sauce to a large bowl and once you have strained the pasta, add it on top. Then, add another generous amount of sauce on top before sprinkling LOTS of freshly grated parmesan over it and mixing through.
  • Then, add the DELICIOUS mini meatballs, mix through again and serve…
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


Keyword classic spaghetti and meatballs, Easy Spaghetti Recipe, family recipe, homemade meatballs, Italian Comfort Food, Spaghetti, traditional italian pasta
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How to serve Spaghetti Meatball

To enhance the taste of your spaghetti meatballs, consider adding some extra sauce to each plate. The sauce will give your dish more moisture and flavor, making it more enjoyable to eat. You can also sprinkle a generous amount of grated parmesan cheese over the top of the dish.

The cheese will melt into the warm sauce and coat the meatballs, adding a rich and savory taste to the dish. This final touch is sure to impress your guests and make your spaghetti meatballs a hit.

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